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Friday, October 12,2012

Black Ink

Crossbred pressure imagined

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
The calves weaned as heavy as last year despite the drought, and they stayed healthy in the lot. The cows bred back to where I had to sell more just for age to make room for better heifers coming in that would intensify the best of my cow families. It was good for cash flow and genetic improvement.

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Friday, October 5,2012

Transparency

by Pete Crow - Publisher
In the latest Beef Quality Audit that the Beef Board and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) produced, they learned that we haven’t done a good job communicating beef production methods. The audit said we need to be more transparent to our customers so they have complete confidence in beef products.

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Friday, October 5,2012

Guest Opinion

Wolf needs delisting to be managed properly

by WLJ
“The removal of six members of the Wedge pack was caused by improper management of the wolf in our region and could have been prevented,” said SCCA President Scott Nielsen. “If Fish and Wildlife had addressed the situation sooner instead of letting the whole pack turn into cattle killers, we would be looking at a different situation today.

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Friday, October 5,2012

Beef Talk

The future of beef— Global competitiveness

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
However, here is something to keep in mind: If a typical beef producer marketed all the cattle last week that normally would be sold off the operation, approximately 50 percent of the check would be from the value of steer calves, 30 percent from the value of heifer calves, and 20 percent from the value of market cows and bulls.

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Friday, September 28,2012

Micro managing America

by Pete Crow - Publisher
I heard today on the radio that 25 percent of the young people in this country are not eligible for the armed services. Twenty-five percent wouldn’t pass basic boot camp because they are physically unable, according to the report. We sure are hearing a lot about obesity these days in the news and it seems the meddlers.

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Friday, September 28,2012

Kay's Korner

Cattle feeding moves north

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
“Corn is King” has been the catch-cry in U.S. agriculture for many years. This was also the case in the beef industry as it moved to grain-finishing more and more cattle.

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Friday, September 28,2012

Beef Talk

Wise marketing of cows and bulls is critical

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
As cows and bulls are rounded up for fall sorting, some are sorted for sale, so it is very important to remember that cull cows and bulls are market beef and should be treated as such. Market groups need to be sorted and appropriately presented to the market.

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Friday, September 21,2012

COMMENTS

Who's getting slimed now?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It seems that responsible news reporting is becoming a thing of the past. You expect to see bias news junk on the web in various blogs, but the large national news organizations like NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and FOX news have a responsibility to get the story right, simply because they consid.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Management Topics

Breed update on genomically-enhanced EPDs

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
Most everybody is familiar with DNA, the basic coding for life. Genomics is just a fancy word for finding places that are informative on areas of DNA for certain traits. The technology first used was markers, which is essentially identifying a place on the DNA that was closely associated with the area or gene of interest.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Black Ink

What costs more than buying hay?

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
I rode shotgun through some of Anderjaska’s summer pastures last Monday. As we looked at their commericial and registered Angus herd, the sky was gloomy. The clouds teased with a few sprinkles, but, like so many times this summer, moved along before offering reprieve.

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